SRINAGAR: For the third day in succession, the normal life in Kashmir remained paralysed against the killing of a youth by Indian para-military personnel and the transfer of forest land to the Hindu religious group. The people have observed the shutdown on their own to express their outrage against the killing of a youth and transfer of forest land to the Hindu religious group. No militant, separatist or pro-Indian group has called for the shutdown.
All shops and business establishments in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir remained closed and traffic was off the roads. Only the army, para-military and police vehicles besides a few private vehicles were plying on other-wise deserted roads in Kashmir. The work in government and semi-government remained paralysed while the normal functioning in banks has also been affected. All the educational institutions in Srinagar have been closed by the school managements.
The resentment against the government for transferring forest land to the Hindu religious group is increasing with each passing day. “The land is being transferred to change the Muslim character of Kashmir,” is the common perception of the Kashmiris and want the immediate cancellation of the land transfer order.-SANA